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II8                    THE FATE OF MAN

restore unity by rough dictatorship, based upon
dehumanization. The ideas of the nineteenth
and twentieth centuries about " organic " culture
and the organic social order are romantic ideas,
and they have suffered irreparable damage under
the blows of an ever-more-powerful technics.
The world seems to be moving not toward an
organic, vital unity, but to an organized and
technical unity. And when in the modern
cosmic and social unrest the question of man
himself is raised, of man's salvation from the
dehumanization of all life, we come inescapably
to the question of religion, to the present spiritual
crisis and the appearance in the world of a new


We are witnessing a judgment not on history
alone, but upon Christianity in history, upon
Christian humanity* Christianity in history has
been not only the revelation of God, but also a
work of man. And this work of man has been
both good and bad. The purity of revelation
has often been sullied by the human element, the
human consciousness through which it has been
filtered. The sins of Christians in history are
great and numerous. How many have been
the false theophanies man has imagined 1 Too
often the human has been passed off fot the